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Schauffele focuses on Zozo Championship




Xander Schauffele said Wednesday that he was “still chasing a win this season” as he attempts to brush off his Ryder Cup disappointment at this week’s Zozo Championship in Japan.

The Tokyo Olympics gold medallist is back in action for the first time since being part of the American team that failed to retain the Ryder Cup following a miserable start in Rome last month.


Schauffele’s American team-mates Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler are also among the field at the US PGA Tour event at Narashino Country Club.

Defending champion Keegan Bradley and 2021 winner Hideki Matsuyama return for the 78-man, no-cut event.

Schauffele said he “had a lot of fun despite losing” at the Ryder Cup and turned his attention towards trying to win his first title since July last year.

“I played OK at the Ryder Cup, not great,” said Schauffele, ranked number six in the world.

“I stayed in Italy for about five more nights so I had a quick turnaround in Nevada before I came here, but my game’s going pretty good.”


The Americans were expected to put up a fierce fight in their bid to win the Ryder Cup on European soil for the first time since 1993.

But Europe swept the opening session for the first time on Friday and never looked back.

Schauffele said the United States were “able to make it somewhat interesting” on the final day but admitted they fell far short of expectations.

“It felt like the tournament slipped away really early on,” he said.

“Myself and the rest of the other guys wish we could have settled the ship earlier on, just to make it feel like we weren’t coming from behind the whole time.”


Morikawa is also looking to bounce back in his first tournament since the Ryder Cup.

The 26-year-old has not won a title on the US PGA Tour since 2021, but insisted that “nothing is carried over” from the defeat in Rome.

“I’m not going to use momentum from a loss but I can learn from a loss, and take that into whether it’s this week or next week or whenever it may be,” he said.

“There’s no lingering anger from losing at a Ryder Cup coming into a week like this — they’re two different things.”

The $8.5 million Zozo Championship was established in 2019 as the first US PGA Tour tournament in Japan.


Thousands of Japanese fans turned up to watch Tiger Woods win the inaugural title for his 82nd US PGA Tour victory — equalling Sam Snead’s 54-year-old record.

Bradley nailed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to pull away from Fowler and Andrew Putnam and win last year’s title.

Fowler went on to snap a four-year title drought in July this year and he said his runner-up finish in Japan helped “build some confidence and momentum”.

“Coming off of that, knowing that I can play well here and looking to forward to continuing that, and hopefully go one better than last year,” he said.


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Shadab Khan opens up about Babar Azam’s resignation from captaincy




Pakistan all-rounder, Shadab Khan, has expressed his perspective on Babar Azam’s recent choice to relinquish the captaincy across all formats of the national cricket team.

In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, Shadab conveyed his admiration for Babar’s decision and conveyed his heartfelt best wishes. 

The leg-spinner also shared positive sentiments regarding the newly appointed T20I captain for the national side, Shaheen Shah Afridi.


“Look, everyone has their own decision, and Babar has stepped down. We send him our best wishes. We’ve had a great time with him as the captain for Pakistan. Now, Shaheen has taken on the role, and we’re excited about it. We’ve witnessed his [Shaheen’s] captaincy in the PSL, and it feels great. Let’s see how it goes playing under his captaincy for the first time; it will give an idea of how much fun it is, and I am very excited to play under Shaheen’s captaincy,” Shadab said.

On November 15th, Babar relinquished his captaincy following a meeting with Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee.

After stepping down, Shan Masood was appointed as the Test captain of the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team, and Shaheen Shah Afridi was named as the T20I captain by the PCB.

Shaheen’s first task as the T20I captain for the Men in Green side will be leading the team against New Zealand in a five-match T20 series scheduled to take place from January 12 to January 21, 2024.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series schedule:

  • January 12: New Zealand vs Pakistan – First T20I in Auckland
  • January 14: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Second T20I in Hamilton
  • January 17: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Third T20I in Dunedin
  • January 19: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Fourth T20I in Christchurch
  • January 21: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Fifth T20I in Christchurch